The Labor Center welcomes new Low-Wage Work Program Director

UC Berkeley Labor Center

We are pleased to announce that Enrique Lopezlira has been selected as the new director of the Low-Wage Work Program, effective March 29, 2021.

Enrique brings to the Labor Center extensive experience in economic and policy analysis, previously serving as senior policy advisor for economic and employment policy at UnidosUS (formerly the National Council of La Raza), one of the largest Latinx civil rights organizations in the nation. He also served as deputy director for policy and research at Western Progress, a think tank advancing progressive policies and change in the eight states of the Rocky Mountain West.

Enrique holds a doctorate in economics from Howard University. He also holds a master’s degree in international management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics from Arizona State University.

In his new role at the Labor Center, Enrique will lead a dynamic research team dedicated to documenting and understanding working conditions in low-wage industries, especially ones that impact women, immigrants, and workers of color. He will also develop, oversee, and conduct research on policies that affect working families at the local, state, and national levels.

We’d also like to take this opportunity to thank Annette Bernhardt for her leadership and tireless efforts in building and directing the Low-Wage Work Program. While Annette will continue to contribute to the Low-Wage Work Program, she will now focus her energy on directing and growing our new Technology and Work Program, which she founded.

Please join us in welcoming Enrique to the Labor Center!